This paper consists out of: Section A: Merchant of Venice
Question 1 – Contextual Question
Question 2 – Essay Question
Section B – Poetry
Question 1 – Contextual Question
Question 2- Essay Question
Answer ONE question on each section.
Staple your answers to the front of your question paper.
Begin the answers to each section on a new page.
SECTION A – THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
QUESTION 1 – CONTEXTUAL QUESTION
Read the following extract and answer the questions that follow:
SHYLOCK I have possess'd your grace of what I purpose;
And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn
To have the due and forfeit of my bond:
If you deny it, let the danger light
Upon your charter and your city's freedom. 5
You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have
A weight of carrion flesh than to receive
Three thousand ducats: I'll not answer that:
But, say, it is my humour: is it answer'd?
What if my house be troubled with a rat 10
And I be pleased to give ten thousand ducats
To have it baned? What, are you answer'd yet?
Some men there are love not a gaping pig;
Some, that are mad if they behold a cat;
And others, when the bagpipe sings i' the nose, 15
Cannot contain their urine: for affection,
Mistress of passion, sways it to the mood
Of what it likes or loathes. Now, for your answer:
As there is no firm reason to be render'd,
Why he cannot abide a gaping pig; 20
Why he, a harmless necessary cat;
Why he, a woollen bagpipe; but of force
Must yield to such inevitable shame
As to offend, himself being offended;
So can I give no reason, nor I will not, 25
More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing
I bear Antonio, that I follow thus
A losing suit against him. Are you answer'd?
BASSANIO This is no answer, thou unfeeling man,
To excuse the current of thy cruelty. 30
SHYLOCK I am not bound to please thee with my answers.
BASSANIO Do all men kill the things they do not love?
SHYLOCK Hates any man the thing he would not kill?
BASSANIO Every offence is not a hate at first.
SHYLOCK What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice? 35
ANTONIO I pray you, think you question with the Jew:
You may as well go stand upon the beach
And bid the main flood bate his usual height;
You may as well use question with the wolf
Why he hath made the ewe bleat for the lamb; 40
You may as well forbid the mountain pines
To wag their high tops and to make no noise,
When they are fretten with the gusts of heaven;
You may as well do anything most hard,
As seek to soften that--than which what's harder?-- 45
His Jewish heart: therefore, I do beseech you,
Make no more offers, use no farther means,
But with all brief and plain conveniency
Let me have judgment and the Jew his will.
BASSANIO For thy three thousand ducats here is six. 50
Who is Shylock addressing as “your grace” and what is that person’s job?
1.2 What does it mean when a bond has been forfeited?
1.3 What is “carrion flesh”?
A. Vulture flesh
B. Jewish flesh
C. Christian flesh
E. Rotting animal flesh
1.4 What does Shylock wish should happen to Venice if his wishes are not met?
1.5 Shylock gives one reason why he wants the pound of flesh. Write down that one reason.
A. He made an oath in heaven
B. He hates Antonio
C. It is his humour
D. He paid for it.
1.6 Why does Shylock have such strong emotions towards Antonio? Give TWO reasons that are not mentioned in this extract.
1.7 Write down one of the images Antonio uses to illustrate how useless it is to argue with Shylock.
1.8 Why is Bassanio involved in this case between Shylock and Antonio? Give THREE reasons.
1.9 In line 49 Antonio asks for judgement. What judgement is Antonio expecting?
1.10 What is Shylock’s will? (line 49)
1.11 Bassanio offers six thousand ducats for three thousand. Where does Bassanio get this money?
1.12 How does Shylock react to this offer of six thousand ducats?
1.13 Which disguised lawyer comes to court to defend the case. Who is this lawyer in real life and who does the lawyer pretend to be? Write down the names.
1.14 What technicality causes Shylock to lose the case?
1.15 Shylock not only loses the case but he almost loses his life. Why?
1.16 (a) What payment does the disguised lawyer demand of Bassanio in the end (1) and(b) why doesn’t Bassanio want to part with that payment?(2)
1.17 Who did Shylock’s daughter marry?
1.18 Give three reasons why Shylock is unhappy about his daughter’s marriage.
1.19 What would you say is Merchant of Venice about? Choose an answer:
In The Merchant of Venice it seems that there is a stronger bond between Antonio and Bassanio than there is between Bassanio and his new wife Portia. Expound on this statement by using examples from the text.
Use 250 to 300 words.
SECTION B – POETRY
Read the following poem and answer the questions that follow: